07 January 2014

Henry Elliot Savage

Sgt. Henry E. Savage, 1862
Death of Henry Elliot Savage
A Beloved, Kind Hearted Citizen Passes to His Last Rest
All that remained mortal of Henry E. Savage, one of the earth’s noblemen, was laid to rest in the Wilcox cemetery, Monday afternoon, January 7th. He died at his home on the hill, Friday morning at ten o’clock. Some four years ago Mr. Savage was stricken with paralysis which so effected him, both bodily and mentally that he was unable to leave his home, take any part in the management of his affairs or have intercourse with anyone outside of his family, who have been most devoted to him through all the trying years of his sickness. The final cause of his death was a severe attack of the grip.
Mr. Savage was born in Berlin, in the house where he died and had lived all his active, useful life. It was the homestead where his father had also been born. As a young man, in August 1862, he enlisted, went to the front with Co. G of the 16th C.V. (Connecticut Volunteers), and took part in numerous battles and skirmishes, notably Antietam. At the close of the war he returned to his home and the farm, a vocation in which he was eminently successful. He had been a worker and faithful member of Berlin Grange, Berlin Agricultural Society, of which he had been president, of the Connecticut Dairymens Association and a most valuable citizen of his native town, exemplifying in every act of his life the truest traits of Christian manhood and brotherly love. He is survived by his wife, three sons, one daughter and a brother, Willis M. Savage of Wethersfield.
The funeral services were held at the Berlin Congregational church of which he was a member and had been chosen deacon many years ago. A large gathering of friends assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to the memory of the man they so loved and honored. Rev. Mr. Fiske, in conducting the service paid a simple eloquent eulogy to the sterling qualities and Christian life of the departed.
A number of his friends and G.A.R. comrades from out of town were present. Among them the following from Hartford, members of the same regiment, the 16th C.V.: Geo. Q. Whitney, Theo. E. Denison, John Gemmill, H.M. Adams, Ira E. Forbes.
The pall bearers were: H. L. Porter, Francis Deming, H. Bushnell, W.E. Penfield, Edwin I. Clark, F.H. Shaw.

The following is from The Hartford Courant, contributed by Mr. Ira E. Forbes.
The funeral of Henry E. Savage of Berlin, who was one of the best known members of the Sixteenth Connecticut was held at the Second Congregational church, Berlin, Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. Samuel A. Fiske, pastor of the church conducting the services. Mr. Savage was a deacon in the church and had been a man of recognized influence in the community for the past forty years.

The members of the Sixteenth Regiment who were present at the church services were Captain T. B. Robinson of Bristol, William G. Hooker of Meriden, Colonel John Gemmill, Major George Q. Whitney, George E. Denison, ex-superintendent Henry M. Adams of the Hartford County Home and Ira E. Forbes, all of Hartford, and Past Commander Huber Bushnell of Berlin, and Postmaster H. L. Porter of that town. Stanley Post, G.A.R. of New Britain, was represented by Past Commander Patrick Marr and John Northend. The delegates from Merriam Post of Meriden, of which the deceased was a member, consisted of Horace Robinson, B. A. Robinson, Charles R. Potter, Cornelius Lyneh and George Kelley; Merriam Post also furnished the national colors that was placed on the casket. The townsmen of Mr. Savage, who held him high personal regard, were represented by ex-Senator Frank L. Wilcox, J.E. Beale of the Berlin News, Deacon Francis Deming of the Second Congregational church and F.H. Shaw of the Berlin Grange. There were choice floral offerings from family and friends. The pastor, Mr. Fiske, paid an appreciative tribute from the pulpit to the memory and life of Deacon Savage. There were two selections from Mrs. Proudman and Miss Bunce of New Britain, Miss Clara Bidwell acting as organist. The burial was in Wilcox cemetery in East Berlin. The bearers were Henry L. Porter, Huber Bushnell, Edwin J. Clark and Walter E. Penfield, all veterans of the Civil War, F. A. Shaw and Francis Deming. Taps was sounded at the grave by Thomas Coffey of East Berlin. The wife and daughter of Deacon Savage were unable to attend the funeral, both being severely ill at home.

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